Horticultural Apprentice - Crop Technician/Production The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

Excellent opportunity for a keen and enthusiastic person to join our team of horticulturists and follow a career in commercial ornamental plant production. The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, situated between Worcester and Malvern, are one of the UK’s leading nurseries supplying approx. 2 million plants per year to Garden Centres across the UK.

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Closing date: 18 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    We pay all apprentices the National Living Wage regardless of their age, £10.42 per hour. Any overtime worked is paid at 1 ½ times. Apprentices are automatically enrolled onto our company bonus scheme which is profit related and paid annually.

  • Working week

    Autumn/Winter hrs 8.00 – 4.30 Monday – Thursday, 8.00am – 3.30pm on a Friday Spring/Summer hrs 7.00am - 3.30pm and Monday – Thursday, 7.00am - 2.30pm on a Friday

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

During the two years, the apprentice will gain experience in all areas of the nursery including:

Propagation including:

  • Seed sowing
  • Pricking out
  • Taking cuttings
  • Division
  • Potting (Machine)
  • Feeding 
  • Irrigation
  • Plant Growth & Development 
  • Pest & Disease Control
  • Quality Control
  • Despatch

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Crop Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

Level 2 Awards in:

  • Safe Use of Pesticides

On completion of the pesticides foundation unit above also choose one of the following units:

  • Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self-propelled equipment
  • Granular applicator equipment
  • Handheld applicator equipment
  • Level 3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths (GCSE grade 4 or C or above) will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Potential full-time position upon successful completion of qualification and proven work commitment

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent MATHS and ENGLISH (Grade Grades A-D, 9 - 3) Essential

Things to consider

Position requires working in all seasons, and some tasks can be physically demanding.

About the employer

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is one of the leading growers of ornamental plants in the UK. We are a wholesale nursery based in Worcestershire, supplying new and innovative plant promotions to garden centres across the UK.


The Bransford Webbs Plant Company





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Apprenticeship standard

Crop technician

Level 3 (A level)

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